Offshore Drilling and Exploration:Your Voices Will Continue to Make a Difference!
Since 2015, seven Georgia communities representing 265,000 citizens, 3,000 individual petition signatures, hundreds of letter writers and businesses, and many federal and state officials have strongly opposed offshore energy activities that threaten our quality of life, our economy and our wildlife.
Yet despite the public outcry, despite the negative economic impact and despite the wealth of scientific evidence that seismic testing is harmful to marine life, orders from the President administration directed BOEM to restart the process to issue the seismic permits and to develop a new five-year plan to lease federal offshore lands for companies to drill for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast.
Today, Georgians face two distinct, yet related, challenges:
1. The Threat of Drilling for Oil and Gas. Today the Department of Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is developing a new 5-year program designed to manage offshore development activities to meet energy needs of the country. Despite BOEM’s previous decision (March 2016) that no drilling would occur in the Atlantic Ocean, President Trump has ordered a new plan be developed to include the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. The plan will lease federal offshore lands for the purpose of oil and gas development, threatening the protection of our treasured national marine sanctuaries, our coastal estuaries and our current ocean economies.
2. The Threat of Seismic Airgun Blasting: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the BOEM are moving forward to issue permits to private companies to conduct seismic airgun blasting off the Atlantic Coast. This process is the step preceding drilling and involves dynamite-like blasts going off every ten seconds for weeks or months on end. Such activity will endanger our wildlife, our fisheries and our communities who are dependent on healthy marine environments (click here for info-graphic).
In Summer 2017, OHM and many Georgia citizens and businesses participated in a public comment period expressing our outrage and opposition to seismic testing because of the major impact it will have on our marine mammals and offshore fisheries.
- Click here to read a copy of OHM’s letter and click here for a copy of the technical letter written by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of many conservation groups.
- In 2015, a group of 75 scientists warned of “significant, long-lasting, and widespread” harm to fish and marine mammal populations if seismic blasting occurred.
- More than 40+ Georgia business leaders who depend on healthy oceans have joined the Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Make your opposition known. Submit comments in response to BOEMs request for information regarding the new 5-year oil & gas lease plan. The deadline for submitting comments is August 17, 2017.
- Send in your own comments or click here for a sample letter. Please relate as much information and detail as you can about marine fisheries and other species, habitats, and economies that will be affected by offshore drilling. We need BOEM to understand the significance of the coast we love. Submit your comments online.
Businesses should voice opposition. Join the Business Alliance to Protect the Atlantic Coast.
- Thank you to the 40+ signatures (and growing) from coastal Georgia businesses!
Contact your U.S. Congressmen. Let them know how much Georgians value our marine life and nature-based economies:
- Congressman Jody Hice U.S. House of Natural Resources Georgia subcommittee member (202) 225-4101
- Congressman Buddy Carter representing all the coastal Georgia communities (202) 225-5831
- Senator Johnny Isakson (202) 224-3643
- Senator David Perdue (202) 224-3521
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WITH YOUR HELP
We remain ever vigilant – working night and day to protect the coast we love. For more information on what YOU can do to protect our oceans, contact Alice Keyes, Vice President of Coastal Conservation at [email protected] or (912) 230-6494.